Hamilton Naturalists' Club Birding Hotline Report - Thursday, March 28th, 2002

Keith Dieroff kdieroff at yahoo.ca
Thu Mar 28 19:00:17 EST 2002


At 7:00pm, Thursday, March 28th, 2002, this is the
Hamilton Naturalists' Club Birding Hotline Report. The
Hotline is normally revised on Thursday nights, unless
an unusual bird turns up in the Hamilton area.

The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch will hold it's annual
Open House, this Friday, March 29th from 10:00am to
2:00pm at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby. This year's program will include "hawk talks"
by Bruce Duncan, a children's program, vendors, and
with a little help from Mother Nature a good flight of
hawks. There will be a voluntary admission charge
(which includes a raffle ticket for great prizes) of
$2.00 per adult or $5.00 per family. Directions to
Beamer are as follows: take the QEW Niagara to
Grimsby, exit at Casablanca Boulevard and head south
towards the escarpment. At the "T" intersection, turn
left onto Highway 8 and then make a quick right on
Woolverton Road, which takes you up the mountain. At
the stop sign at top of the hill, turn left onto Ridge
Road and proceed to Quarry Road. Turn left onto Quarry
Road and the entrance to Beamer is on your right. Hope
to see you there.

Local reports this week include TUFTED TITMOUSE at the
back of the McMaster University football field, PURPLE
FINCH, TURKEY VULTURE, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN
SHOVELER, and RING-NECKED DUCK at the Dundas Hydro
Station, REDHEAD at Valley Inn, WOOD DUCK in the
Desjardins Canal, CANVASBACK at Woodland Cemetery,
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK at Christie Conservation Area,
MERLIN at York and Old Guelph Roads, and LONG EARED
OWL on the east side of Bronte Provincial Park. The
750 RING-NECKED DUCKS seen on the reservoir at
Mountberg this week was a local record for this
species.

Out of town, a trip to the Niagara River produced
GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, LESSER-BLACK BACKED GULL,
LAUGHING GULL, PEREGRINE FALCON, and TURKEY VULTURE.
Birds seen at Long Point this past week include
GREATER YELLOWLEGS, SANDHILL CRANE, BALD EAGLE,
NORTHERN HARRIER, TREE SWALLOW, MERLIN, AMERICAN
WOODCOCK, HORNED GREBE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, LITTLE
GULL, EASTERN SCREECH OWL, and RED BELLIED WOODPECKER.

Good news for PEREGRINE FALCONS in southern Ontario.
No less than nine breeding pairs have established
territories in urban centres, including London,
Etobicoke, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Mississauga,
Clarkson, Toronto (2 pairs) and Ottawa. 

A push of warm air will bring lots of birds into the
Hamilton area, so keep letting us know about your
sightings. Leave your name, telephone number, as well
as the time and date of your call. Sightings can also
be reported by E-mail.

GOOD BIRDING!

Keith Dieroff
C/O Hamilton Naturalists' Club
Birding Hotline Report
Hamilton, Ontario
kdieroff at yahoo.ca

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